Con­victed killer takes court ac­tion against Jus­tice Min­istry

Rochdale Observer - - BELLS DEDICATION -

AN ex­trem­ist jailed for life af­ter be­ing con­victed of the mur­der of Fusilier Lee Rigby has taken High Court ac­tion against the Min­istry of Jus­tice.

Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Michael Ade­bo­lajo have lodged pa­pers in the Queen’s Bench Di­vi­sion of the High Court in Lon­don, where judges an­a­lyse dam­ages claims re­lat­ing to per­sonal in­jury.

Pa­per­work shows a claim was filed on July 20. Pa­pers list Ade­bo­lajo as the claimant and the Min­istry of Jus­tice (MoJ) as the de­fen­dant, but they give no de­tail of Ade­bo­lajo’s al­le­ga­tions.

A mem­ber of staff at a High Court of­fice said on Fri­day that pa­pers which would out­line de­tail of Ade­bo­lajo’s claim were not cur­rently avail­able for pub­lic in­spec­tion.

A re­port in the Sun news­pa­per has sug­gested that Ade­bo­lajo is claim­ing to have suf­fered a “psy­chi­atric in­jury” while in cus­tody and wants com­pen­sa­tion.

An MoJ spokesman said the claim would be “ro­bustly” de­fended.

“The pub­lic will be rightly out­raged at the thought of this of­fender claim­ing com­pen­sa­tion from the tax­payer,” said the MoJ spokesman.

“We will be ro­bustly de­fend­ing this mat­ter.”

He said the MoJ was “suc­cess­ful” in “two thirds of cases brought against us by pris­on­ers”.

Fusilier Rigby, a 25-year-old dad of one, from Mid­dle­ton, was mur­dered on the streets of Wool­wich, Lon­don, in May 2013.

●●Michael Ade­bo­lajo

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